Mo’s Eurovision Countdown 2022 – Part 3 – Australia

Sheldon Riley – Not the same

Eurovision tends to bring us either a song or a performance. The sweet spot happens when the two coincide.

For Australia, Sheldon Riley is bringing a performance. His voice is stunning and detailed, his ability to hold the attention never in question. The weak spot is the song. A deeply personal and emotional story that I enjoyed while watching, but instantly forgot.

Sheldon Riley and subtlety are never seen in the same room. He looks like someone who covered themselves in glue and ran through a Claire’s Accessories airport concession to see what stuck. The song, while lyrically strong, is the musical equivalent of those sachets of mayonnaise you get in motorway service stations.

I’ve heard it a dozen times now and couldn’t sing a note. There’s a somewhat dated reality show winner’s journey vibe to an entry that could easily be a forgettable Sia album track.

Mo’s Score – 2 Points

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2 years ago

I don’t know what to make of the Australian entry – great message, good vocals, batshit costuming and a bland song.